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Lerach's guilty plea

Lerach should be proud of his lawyers: his plea deal is for a single count of mispaying Steven Cooperman, drops all of the Torkelson-related charges, will likely get him out of prison in under two years, requires the government to forgo prosecution of his current law partners, and doesn't require him to cooperate with the prosecution of Melvyn Weiss. He may well be disbarred afterwards, but he'll also be a multimillionaire in his late sixties who can retire comfortably even after paying an $8 million fine, and nothing stops plaintiffs' firms from offering small fortunes to Lerach to act as a "non-legal consultant." [plea agreement; WSJ; The Recorder; NY Times]

Relatedly, Wired reprints its 1996 "Bloodsucking Scumbag" article.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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